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In the aftermath of school violence, educators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, parents, and others have asked: “Could we have known that these attacks were being planned?” and, “What can be done to prevent future attacks from occurring?”


24 FIREFIGHTERS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND HELPING AN ELDERLY WOMAN MOVE TO CARE CENTER Firefighters are there for the community, not only to put out fires but to help people.

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chool shootings are a rare, but significant, component of school violence in America. Each school-based attack has had a tremendous and lasting effect on the school in which it occurred, the surrounding community, and the nation as a whole. In the aftermath of these tragic events, educators, law enforcement officials, mental health professionals, parents, and others have asked: “Could we have known that these attacks were being planned?” and, “What can be done to prevent future attacks from occurring?” The U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education--launched a collaborative effort to begin to answer these questions. The result was the Safe School Initiative, an extensive examination of 37 incidents of targeted school shootings and school attacks that have occurred in the United States beginning with the earliest identified incident in 1974 through June 2000.


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The objective of the Safe School Initiative was to attempt to identify information that could be obtainable, or “knowable,” prior to an attack. That information would then be analyzed and evaluated to produce a factual, accurate knowledge base on targeted school attacks. This knowledge could be used to help communities across the country to formulate policies and strategies aimed at preventing school-based attacks. Key features of the Safe School Initiative were its focus on “targeted” school violence and its adaptation of earlier Secret Service research on assassination for its examination of incidents of school-based attacks. The Safe School Initiative examined incidents of “targeted violence” in school settings–school shootings and other school-based attacks where the school was deliberately selected as the location for the attack and was not simply a random site of opportunity. The Exceptional Case Study Project (ECSP), a five year study of the behavior of individuals who have carried out, or attempted, lethal attacks on public officials or prominent individuals, also led to the Secret Service’s development of a more thorough and focused process for conducting threat assessment investigations. Threat assessment is a process of identifying, assessing and managing the threat that certain persons may pose to Secret Service protectees. The goal of threat assessment is to intervene before an attack can occur. The threat assessment process involves three principal steps–all before the person has the opportunity to attack: • identifying individuals who have the idea or intent of attacking a Secret Service protectee; • assessing whether the individual poses a risk to a protectee, after gathering sufficient information from multiple sources. • managing the threat the individual poses, in those cases where the individual investigated is determined to pose a threat. The findings of the Safe School Initiative suggest that there are productive actions that educators, law enforcement officials and others can pursue in response to the problem of targeted school violence. Specifically, Initiative findings suggest that these officials may wish to consider focusing their efforts to formulate strategies for preventing these attacks in two principal areas: • developing the capacity to pick up on and

evaluate available information that might indicate that there is a risk of a targeted school attack. • employing the results of these risk evaluations or “threat assessments” in developing strategies to prevent potential school attacks from occurring. Support for these suggestions is found in 10 key findings of the Safe School Initiative study. These findings are as follows: • Incidents of targeted violence at school rarely were sudden, impulsive acts. • Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack. • Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack. • There is no accurate or useful “profile” of students who engaged in targeted school violence. • Most attackers engaged in some behavior prior to the incident that caused others concern or indicated a need for help. • Most attackers had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide. • Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others prior to the attack. • Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack. • In many cases, other students were involved in some capacity. • Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most shooting incidents were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention. The findings of researchers’ analysis of the 37 incidents of targeted school violence that were examined under the Safe School Initiative fall generally into five areas: • characterizing the attacker • conceptualizing the attack • signaling the attack • advancing the attack • resolving the attack Characterizing the Attacker • There is no accurate or useful “profile” of students who engaged in targeted school violence. • Many attackers felt bullied, persecuted or injured by others prior to the attack. • A history of having been the subject of a mental

health evaluation, diagnosed with a mental disorder, or involved in substance abuse did not appear to be prevalent among attackers. However, most attackers showed some history of suicidal attempts or thoughts, or a history of feeling extreme depression or desperation. • Over half of the attackers demonstrated some interest in violence, through movies, video games, books, and other media. However, there was no one common type of interest in violence indicated. Instead, the attackers’ interest in violent themes took various forms. • Most attackers had no history of prior violent or criminal behavior. • Most attackers were known to have had difficulty coping with significant losses or personal failures. Moreover, many had considered or attempted suicide. Conceptualizing the Attack • Incidents of targeted violence at school are rarely sudden, impulsive acts. Signaling the Attack • Prior to most incidents, other people knew about the attacker’s idea and/or plan to attack. • Most attackers did not threaten their targets directly prior to advancing the attack. • Most attackers engaged in some behavior, prior to the incident, that caused others concern or indicated a need for help. Advancing the Attack • In many cases, other students were involved in the attack in some capacity. • Most attackers had access to and had used weapons prior to the attack. Resolving the Attack • Despite prompt law enforcement responses, most attacks were stopped by means other than law enforcement intervention. After careful review of the case histories of the 37 incidents of targeted school violence examined under the Safe School Initiative, 10 key findings were identified that highlight information that may have been known prior to school based attacks and that therefore might inform some type of intervention in or prevention of future attacks. The implications of these findings may have helped schools and communities in developing strategies Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


for preventing targeted violence in schools. Focusing in on these findings for their potential relevance to the development of prevention and intervention strategies, the authors acknowledge that these findings may raise other issues for consideration in addressing the problem of targeted school violence beyond those noted here. Moreover, the authors recognize that the conditions, circumstances and facts underlying the findings highlighted here may not manifest themselves in the same way in every school. Schools and communities therefore are in the best position to determine whether and how these findings and the implications suggested may apply to their particular problems and needs. Taken together, the findings from the Safe School Initiative suggest that some future attacks may be preventable. Most incidents of targeted school violence were thought out and planned in advance. The attackers’ behavior suggested that they were planning or preparing for an attack. Prior to most incidents, the attackers’ peers knew the attack was to occur. And most attackers were not “invisible,” but were already of concern to people in their lives. In light of these findings, the use of a threat assessment approach may be a promising strategy for preventing a school-based attack. Educators, law enforcement officials and others with public safety responsibilities may be able to prevent some incidents of targeted school violence if they know what information to look for and what to do with such information when it is found. In sum, these officials may benefit from focusing their efforts on formulating strategies for preventing these attacks in developing and employing the results. Threat Assessment and Targeted School Violence Prevention Threat assessment, as developed by the Secret Service and applied in the context of targeted school violence, is a fact-based investigative and analytical approach that focuses on what a particular student is doing and saying, and not on whether the student “looks like” those who have attacked schools in the past. Threat assessment emphasizes the importance of such behavior and communications for identifying, evaluating and reducing the risk


posed by a student who may be thinking about or planning for a school-based attack. The Department of Education and the Secret Service currently are completing work on a publication that will provide school administrators and law enforcement officials with guidance on planning and implementing a threat assessment approach within school settings. In relying on a fact-based threat assessment approach, school officials, law enforcement professionals and others involved in the assessment will need tools, mechanisms and legal processes that can facilitate their efforts to gather and analyze information regarding a student’s behavior and communications. For example, school and law enforcement personnel should be offered training regarding what information to gather, how to gather and evaluate it, and how they might try to intervene in cases where the information collected suggests a student may be planning or preparing for a school-based attack. Several states have enacted legislation that makes it easier for schools to share student information with law enforcement agencies and others who are trying to determine whether a student might be moving toward a school-based attack. Localities and states may wish to explore such options for supporting threat assessment components in schools and facilitating sharing information across school, law enforcement and community systems participating in the threat assessment process. Finally, educators can play a part in prevention by creating an environment where students feel comfortable telling an adult whenever they hear about someone who is considering doing harm to another person, or even whether the person is considering harm to himself or herself. Once such an environment is created, it will remain important that the adults in that environment listen to students and handle the information they receive in a fair and responsible manner. The PFIA Protector •


Commands Ignored Paterson, New Jersey — On the night of June 24, 2016, Officers Ryan Duffy and Thomas Giaquinto were assigned to the patrol division A4. Because these officers had proved in the past to be extremely motivated, proactive, and responsible for multiple gun and narcotics arrests, they were recruited full time to “Directive Patrol.” (a plan clothed and proactive assignment targeting areas plagued with narcotics trafficking, gang, and gun violence) The officers (in an unmarked vehicle) were traveling and heard the sound of gunfire. As to be expected, having worked with both officers for a significant time, they proceeded, without hesitation into the direction. Upon arrival, a suspect armed with a handgun confronted them. The suspect had just discharged his weapon several times into the direction of a fleeing vehicle. Both officers exited the unmarked unit with weapons drawn. Commands were given to the suspect to drop his weapon. Their commands were ignored and the armed suspect advanced in the direction of the officers. Being left with no other option, both officers discharged their weapons striking the suspect several times. He was immediately immobilized. Once the suspect was no longer a threat, the officers turned their attention to securing the scene

and requesting the immediate response of emergency medical personnel. A short time thereafter, the suspect was pronounced dead by paramedics. The person these officers confronted this night was obviously determined to take or attempt to take the life of another. Officers Duffy and Giaquinto displayed personal courage and professional competence when faced with direct hostile aggression. Their loyalty, diligence, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the department and reflect great credit upon themselves and the Paterson Police Department. Pulled from a Burning Vehicle Garfield, New Jersey — On May 1, 2018, police officers pulled an unconscious man from his SUV after a fiery crash in New Jersey. Officers Daniel Taylor and Marvin Monroig arrived on scene to find a SUV fully engulfed in flames after it had crashed into the rear of a parked vehicle. The driver was slumped over the wheel. The officers broke the windows and forced open the door to gain entry to the SUV as it was filling with smoke. The driver, a 61-yearold Clifton resident, was then carried to safety. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver struck a



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total of 12 parked cars prior to the fire. The man was rushed to the hospital in unknown condition. No other injuries were reported. The circumstances of the crash are presently unknown and remain under investigation, but authorities say it does not appear alcohol was a factor. Car in the Water Columbus, Ohio — On February 24, 2018, a water response was dispatched into a car in the water. Upon arrival, Lt. George Davis, Firefighter Phil Smith, and Firefighter Mike Lesko found a compact car on its driver side, underwater approximately 15 feet from the shore. Lt. Davis and Firefighter Lesko entered the dark frigid waters and began searching the vehicle. First, Lt Davis held his breath and submerged to search the front seat compartment with no victim found. After coming up for air, he then re-submerged and searched the back seat area and felt a victim. After surfacing, Firefighter Lesko submerged and was able to partially extricate the victim before needing to come up for air. After catching his breath, Firefighter Lesko re-submerged and during his attempt he was able to fully extract the victim from under the water. Lt. Davis, Firefighter Lesko, and Firefighter Conaway, who had also entered the water to assist, brought the Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


male victim to shore and began resuscitation of the victim in cardiac arrest. The patient was transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Car in the Water Columbus, Ohio — On February 5, 2018, firefighters were dispatched to a water response of a small child going through the ice and still under water. Engine 24, Gary Cox, Jr., arrived on scene and found one wet child on shore suffering from hypothermia, Police Officer Randall Lyons being pulled from the water after falling through the ice, attempting to rescue the child, and Police Officer Deb Paxton. L24 arrived, Captain Biancone set up command in the parking lot and quickly determined a small boy was still in the water. Firefighters could see a small portion of the boys coat and his head barely above the water. Air was trapped in his coat and provided just enough flotation to prevent him from sinking. Captain Biancone worked with EMS12 and started feeding incoming companies information on the victims status and location and advised incoming companies it would be a working incident. The incident became more stressful when the police officer became unconscious at the water’s edge. E24 and EMS12 requested an additional medic for the officer. Firefighter Scott Benjamin fully dressed in proper Ice Rescue PPE, supported by Firefighter Craig Mignon, and Firefighter Scott Shepard, did a quick Go Rescue of the child. The ice rescue was approximately 30 seconds and they extracted the boy from the water. At this point, there was an


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immersion-induced cardiac arrest, an unconscious police officer, and another child suffering from hypothermia. DART2 proceeded to do a quick search in the bottom of the pond to be sure no other victims were submerged. The three victims were transported to a local hospital and are expected to recover. A great example of how well these companies work together to save each of these individuals.

Hamden Police Officer Justin Martin being presented the Heroes Award by PFIA Agent Frankie Forbes. (2018 Heroes Award in our Spring issue, Diving Head First, on page 6)



Fraternal Events Firefighter Courtney Breslin with 5k committee members, Firefighter Nate Kuhl, Deputy Chief Chris Keough, Lt. Brendan Davis, and Lt. Josh Canelli.

On March 24, 2018, the Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation held its annual 5k run and walk in Schenectady’s Central Park. Over 400 participants braved the cold and supported the event. The Schenectady Firefighters Cancer Foundation provides support and assistance to firefighters and their families dealing with cancer related illnesses. PFIA helped sponsor the event which raised over $10,000. PFIA donation to the Branford Fire Department. The donation helped purchase equipment for their new state of the art SCBA training maze. Pictured: Deputy Chief of Safety and Administration Gary Blomquist, ABM/ Account Rep. Jason Cusack, and Chief of Department Thomas Mahoney.

Regional Manager Myles Christie presents Account Representative Eric Smith with PFIA watch for his hard work.

Check delivery to support the annual Fire & Police Benefit Motocross. Pictured: PFIA Agent Greg Gearhart, Firefighter Ray Martin, and Firefighter Trent Ware. Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


On March 25, 2018, Special Olympics Rhode Island held the 11th Annual Torch Run Plunge at Salty Brine State Beach, Narragansett. This Plunge typically hosts many that represent local and state police agencies as well as fire departments, corrections officers, and public safety. The atmosphere at the Plunge is indescribable! Many athletes take the plunge with fellow friends, family and supporters, all of whom are there to support a great cause. This event features live music, a well-known “plunger costume” competition and a fantastic after-party. This is also one of the state’s only “dog friendly” plunges, as many of the participating officers plunge with their K9.

What an honor to be able to be a sponsor for the 2018 IMPD Luncheon. This event was for those that retired from service in 2017. March 6, 2018 was the IMPD luncheon held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Police and Fireman’s Fraternal contributions are, above all, an honor to be able to show the respect our retirees richly deserve. Presiding over the event was Mayor Joe Hogsett and IMPD Chief Bryan K. Roach. Behind the scenes organizers, Donna Forbes and Leah Gurnell, pulled out a flawless, respectful event. This was the biggest retiree luncheon held in the 25 years that Agent David Roth has been a part of and next year looks to be just as big!


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Chief Keith Lively receiving a check from PFIA Rep. Eric Smith in Augusta, Georgia for the Annual Awards Banquet ceremony.

Jacksonville, Florida Account Rep. Tony Ragans presents a check to Captain Joe Kinstle for the annual Fight for Air Climb, which is an American Lung Association signature fundrasing event stepping up to make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease.

Pictured: Lt. Ramsdell, Chief Kinstle, and Engineer Brown at the Climb the Bank of America Tower.

Pictured: Over 30 firefighters climb 42 stories/838 steps raising over $5,000 dollars for the Fight for Air Climb.

On April 7, 2018, PFIA co-sponsored the 9th annual Deland Florida Pub Crawl. Local IAFF 4347 (Deland Professional Firefighters) hosted the event. Over 500 people showed up. The charities that local 4347 support are childhood cancer and the MDA. Pictured: PFIA Agent Joe LaFond, Union President Sean Langford, and Firefighter Event Coordinator Nate Carn with other firefighters apart of local 4347.

May 9, 2018, Officer James Lisi, Officer Don Verney, PFIA Agent Al Slattery, and Lt. Kevin Kott. The check was made out to Jersey City Police Unity Tour bringing awareness to officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices. Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


Pictured: James Schleck, John Batlick, ABM Pictured: Local 2987 members with ABM Jason Cusack far right. Jason Cusack, and John Martino. On May 17, 2018, PFIA was a title sponsor for the North Haven Professional Firefighters Association annual golf outing to benefit the Connecticut Arthur C. Luf Burn Foundation. On May 6, 2018, the 4th Annual Providence Firefighters Burn Foundation Stop, Drop, and Bowl, to benefit the Arthur C. Luf Children’s Burn Camp took place at the AMF Cranston Lanes in Cranston, Rhode Island. Firefighters, police officers, EMT’s, hospital staff, as well as family and friends took part in this meaningful event. PFIA was proud to sponsor a bowling lane with 5 team members and a gift basket for the raffle. Pictured: Lt. Stephanie Blackwell, Firefighter Alex Varone, Firefighter Chris Cahoon (Event Organizer), PFIA Account Rep. Captain Anthony Lancellotti and Lt. Brad Wagner.

PFIA Agent Greg Lehman presenting a claim check to Matthew Bryant from Madisonville, Kentucky Fire Department.


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PFIA’s first seminar of 2018, held in Orlando, Florida. Southeast Regional Manager Myles Christie and National Sales Director Bradd Roembke motivating and educating agents what PFIA can do for its members.



FALLEN HEROES Anthony Pasquale Morelli February 10, 2018 Westerville Division of Police (OH) 29-year veteran and Eric Joseph Joering - February 10, 2018 Westerville Division of Police (OH) 17-year veteran Police Officer Anthony Morelli and Police Officer Eric Joering were shot and killed when they responded to a 911 hang up call. As officers arrived at the home they made contact with the residents of the apartment and let inside. As they walked into the apartment a 30-year-old male subject opened fire on them, mortally wounding Officer Joering and Officer Morelli. Despite their wounds, both officers were able to return fire and wounded the subject who was taken to a hospital. Officer Morelli was transported to a local hospital where he died a short time later. The subject was charged with two counts of capital murder of a law enforcement officer. Jacob M. Pickett - March 2, 2018 Boone County Sheriff’s Office (IN) 8-year veteran Deputy Sheriff Jake Pickett succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while attempting to apprehend a wanted subject. The man had fled from Lebanon police officers who had gone to his home to serve a warrant on a different person. The officers recognized the man as also having warrants but he fled in a vehicle with two other people when the officers tried to take him into custody. Deputy Pickett, a canine handler, joined the pursuit until it came to a stop. The wanted man fled on foot with Deputy Pickett and his canine in pursuit. Deputy Pickett was shot in the head as he rounded the corner of a building. The

subject was shot and wounded by another officer before being taken into custody. The second subject continued to flee in the vehicle but was taken into custody following another pursuit that ended thereafter. Deputy Pickett was transported to Witham Hospital before being flown to St. Vincent Hospital, in Indianapolis, where he succumbed to his injuries. He was kept on life support until the evening of March 4, 2018, so that his organs could be donated. Zachary Anthony - March 22, 2018 York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services (PA) 8-year veteran and Ivan Flanscha - March 22, 2018 York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services (PA) 20-year veteran Firefighter Zachary Anthony and Firefighter Ivan Flanscha were killed from a collapse at the scene of a multi-alarm fire that began the previous day. Fire crews were still on-scene putting out hot spots that were flaring up nearly twenty-four hours later. Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony were transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Two other firefighters injured in the collapse are reported to be in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Prior to the fire breaking out, the 150-year-old multistory structure, known as the Weaver Organ and Piano building, was being renovated into apartments. The cause of the fire remains under investigation by authorities. Robert Shawn Pitts - May 4, 2018 Terre Haute Police Department (IN) 16-year veteran Police Officer Rob Pitts was shot and killed while conducting a homicide investigation at the Garder Quarter Apartments. Investigators were following up on leads from a

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homicide that occurred earlier in the day. As Officer Pitts and other detectives approached the homicide suspect’s apartment, the man opened fire on the officers, fatally wounding Officer Pitts. Officer Pitts was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. The subject who shot him was located deceased inside of his apartment after barricading himself inside. William J. Gentry, Jr. - May 7, 2018 Highlands County Sheriff’s Office (FL) 9-year veteran Deputy Sheriff William Gentry succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous night while responding to an

animal abuse call at a home in which a homeowner’s cat had been fatally shot with a pellet gun. He and a deputy he was training had responded to the victim’s home. During the investigation Deputy Gentry went to the suspect’s home, a convicted felon who lived next door, to make contact with him. As he stood at the front door the suspect opened fire on him, shooting him in the head. The 69-year-old subject was taken into custody at the scene and charged with numerous counts. Deputy Gentry was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wound the following day.



Charitable Fund PFIA can accept charitable contributions to the Fund that are tax deductible for the person or company donating. The Board consists of the Executive Committee and two other current Board Members. The Board will determine every December meeting how much PFIA will contribute to the fund and then distribute the funds to predetermined charities. The fund will be distributed to a zero balance and start over on January 1st of every year. We will lean heavily towards children and military families. The four funds that we will contribute to will be: Make-A-Wish Foundation®, Special Olympics, Special Operations Warrior Foundation,

General Contributions:

Jerry & Mary Jane Housel Ronald Phifer Memorial Contributions to Honor the Memory of EDWIN MCMULLER Thank you Alan & Judith Melancon


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and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Everyone gives money to charities of their choice but we think giving our members a place to give, they know 100% of funds are distributed to charities close to their heart will be a very benevolent endeavor. We think that will be a great extension of our fraternal mission and hope it is received well and becomes the go to place for members to help others. What better way to fulfill our fraternal mission in today’s society with over 100 years of service with donating money to the deserving funds listed? If you are interested in becoming a contributor or if you would like to donate, please make a check payable to PFIA Charitable Fund and put in the memo “charitable contribution,” or write a note and put it in the envelope and mail to: PFIA ATTN: Peter Episcopo 101 East 116th Street Carmel, IN 46032



One Firefighters Transformation By: Jason Cusack

Getting hired on the fire department was a dream come true! Like many, we take great strives to accomplish this. What happens after you’re hired? You move your way up the seniority ladder and you get complacent?

hypertension crisis. Wake up call, not yet! My family came to my aid and got me home to Connecticut.

in my heart, one being in the LAD, or more affectionately known as “The Widow Maker!”

After a flight and 6 hours home

So, where do you go from here? Well, you get better dummy! You do every darn thing the doctors tell you! This is my journey!

After 12 years on the job I loved, I did exactly that. I let myself go, I got comfortable and I said, “Nah, never happen to me.” Well, I was wrong. Listen, we are our own worst enemies. The signs were there, the symptoms were evident, yet I ignored them. Until unfortunately, one day the illness beat me. It was May, Mothers day morning 2016, the PFIA convention in Duck Key had just ended, and we were to spend a couple days in Key West. Well, my body had Pictured: Jason Cusack with his wife Diane and other plans for me. After daughter Maia in Duck Key, Florida in 2016. feeling ill the entire trip, I awoke in the middle of the something just wasn’t right. Off to night to severe abdominal pains. Yale New Haven I go! Readmitted Trying to last the day, I end up on for approximately 2 more weeks, the floor in the fetal position only finally all the MD’s know what’s to be hauled away in a Key West wrong with me! Fire Ambulance. Being admitted to the Lower Keys Medical Center I am now the proud 42-yearin full-blown DKA suffering old Diabetic, Acute Pancreatitis from severe Acute Pancreatitis. pt. who has suffered 2 major Living the next 5 days in ICU, Myocardial infarction (heart suffering a secondary diagnosis of attacks), with 4 decent blockages

Following all the treatment and diagnosis, all my perfectly genius MD’s created a path of healing. I went through a cardiac catheterization, 4 medicated stents were successfully placed and my gastroenterologist developed a plan for my belly as well as a diet plan from my newfound friend the Endocrinologist! I started a rigorous 12-week cardiovascular rehabilitation program. I needed to learn how to re-work out. I learned carbohydrates and all foods high in fat and/or alcohol had to be cut. After 12 weeks of rehab, I engaged in 6 more weeks of working extremely hard! Basically, a program to gain my strength back and allow me to get back to work. After approximately 5 months off and 18 weeks of intense rehab or training, I retested my body at my own request to the NFPA Standard. I wasn’t going to return to a job and put myself, or the lives of my brothers and continued on next page Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


sister’s, in jeopardy. I successfully passed the CPAT exam 3 times wearing an air pack, without stopping in under 15 minutes! Feeling pretty accomplished, I should say I did!

In the past year, our crew has had a few fires and it feels wonderful to not be exhausted and pick it up for the next job without hesitation. My advice is only this, because I am not a guy to preach or be preached too, if you don’t feel good and something is not right, please, please, please get yourselves checked! You may be sicker than you know. No matter what, leave the complacency to rest and take care of yourself. Nobody else is going to do it for you.

Returning to the job didn’t mean I crossed a finish line, it just meant I started a new race. Since returning to work, the first year was a whirlwind. I needed to prove to myself, not to others, it was only in my head that I was in fact heart healthy! I started running. After completing 2 5k’s I tackled a 10k, Closing, I can’t thank all then a 5-mile, then a my MD’s, PA’s, Nurse, 10-mile. I racked up a and healthcare providers lot of running miles. In enough. To my family, fact, I ran the Newport without their love and 10 miler 350 days after! support I’d be gone. To Pictured: Jason Cusack with his daughter Maia on June 4, 2017 at Less than a year from my wife... well, you are the Newport, Rhode Island 10 miler race. being catheterized! I my hero! Diane, Maia, also ran it in 1:39 or 9+ and McKayla, you all are I eat red meat every 13 to 15 days, minute mile average! the reason I breath! substituting more fish or chicken. Since then, I maintain good follow Also, double veggie and little to no up and regular visits to all my starches. Fortunately, for me my MD’s. I’ve changed my work out family and especially my crew at up a bit. Although running was the firehouse, they are extremely a challenge, at no real point did accommodating and supportive. I get the runners high and love it. Today, I maintain a workout When I got sick I was 250+ lbs. plan. I’ve tweaked it over and In that time I leaned out to 190. over again. Basically, I work out Although I felt great, it wasn’t at least 4 times a week. I start out me. Now today I’ve put on more by sprinting a mile, get my heart muscle and I fluctuate between rate up, then I hit the weights. 205 and 215. I think I look a little I am in and out of the gym in better. Most importantly, I feel approximately 1 hour and 20 tremendous. My heart is good and minutes. I go for repetitions not my A1C, which is a blood test that over all weight. provides information about your average levels of blood glucose Now my diet was easier said then over the past 3 months, is just a done. I do my best to keep to a little over 5. low or no carb diet and low sugar.


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First Responders

Lookout on the Bighorn National Forest to be renamed for fallen firefighter Nearly 80 years after his death in the Blackwater Fire west of Cody, a local firefighter is again being recognized for his sacrifice. On the afternoon of June 20, 2015, Bighorn National Forest officials formally renamed the High Park Lookout — a tower once used to look for forest fires — as the James T. Saban Lookout. Saban died in August 1937 while working to combat the Blackwater Fire in the Shoshone National Forest. A native of Shell, he was 36.

By the end of that day, 15 firefighters had died and 38 were badly injured. The victims were memorialized in geographic features and Forest Service sites renamed in their honor in the years immediately following the fatal blaze. As one example, the Bighorn National Forest’s Tyrell Ranger Station, located northeast of Ten Sleep, is named for fallen firefighter Paul Tyrrell. Tyrell helped save the lives of some of the panicked young men at Post Point — laying over them as a human shield and suffering fatal injuries in the process.

The Blackwater Fire started on Aug. 18, 1937, about 35 miles west of Cody. Three days later, a cold front brought erratic, gusty Saban was not forgotten, winds. The roughly with a ranger station 40 men being led by in Ten Sleep named in Ranger Urban Post his honor after the fire. Firefighters working the Blackwater Fire in 1937. Photo courtesy U.S. were told to drop their However, the property Forest Service. heavy tools and run. went into private The crew took refuge ownership as part of a on a rocky outcrop, where Post told them to get down 1972 land exchange. That could have been the end of on the ground. Some refused and seven men died at it, but “private citizens and current and former Forest the location, now known as Post Point. Service employees took up the cause to keep Mr. Saban’s memory instilled in the Bighorn’s cultural Another eight men, including James Saban, were history,” according to a news release from forest trapped and fatally injured in a draw a couple miles officials. away.

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April 2015, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell signed off on renaming the High Park Lookout as the James T. Saban Lookout. The facility, located just south of U.S. Highway 16 and about 15 miles east of Ten Sleep, was built in the 1940s by the same Civilian Conservation Corps that Saban once served. The lookout was used for spotting forest fires until the 1970s, when the Forest Service replaced manned lookouts with aircraft. “Renaming the High Park Lookout to the James T. Saban Lookout is a fitting tribute to honor Mr. Saban and his family,” said Powder River Ranger District Ranger Mark Booth. “What better place to name in his memory than a lookout tower high in the Bighorns overlooking the mountains Mr. Saban loved so well.”

Saban began his Forest Service career in 1922 in the Bighorn National Forest, passing a Forest Ranger examination in 1923 and going on to work in eight national forests throughout the Rocky Mountains. Saban left behind his former wife, Alberta, and two young children: 5-year-old Jean and 7-year-old Jack. Alberta later married Lloyd Seaman, who adopted the children. Jean Seaman Groshart died in 2013, while Jack Seaman remains an active member of the Worland community. The re-dedication ceremony for the James T. Lookout was set on June 20, 2015 at the intersection of Forest Service Road 429 (High Park Road) and Forest Service Road 433. It’s about a half-mile south of U.S. Highway 16.

This former fire lookout in the Bighorn National Forest is being named for James Saban, a firefighter from Shell who died while battling the Shoshone National Forest’s 1937 Blackwater Fire. Photo courtesy Bighorn National Forest.


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Above and Beyond Taking Turns St. Petersburg, Florida — On March 12, 2018, Officers Christina Kenney and Nicholas Fasanella responded to a home in reference to a man with a weapon. When they arrived on scene, they were Left to right: Officer Kenney, PFIA confronted by a man Agent Richard Thomas, and Nicholas wielding a hammer. Fasanella. They challenged Left to right: Detective Pam Harris, Lt. Valerie Kelly, Officer him and were able to place him in custody. While Heather Murray, Officer Christina Colosimo, Lt. James Stabler, they were dealing with him, they could see an Officer Ismail Lewis, Detective Amy Frankel, and Officer Aaron unresponsive man inside the house. They immediately McDowell. secured the first man in a cruiser, requested EMS, way to the call when he did observe 2 individuals entered the home and quickly began CPR in an matching the description of the suspects on a nearby attempt to resuscitate the man. corner. Officer Lewis, assisted by Lt. James Stabler, After fire/rescue arrived on scene, Officer Kenney and was able to detain one suspect as the other suspect Fasanella continued to take turns with paramedics in took off running through nearby yards. The detained an attempt to save the patient. After approximately 15 suspect was brought back to Delta station house were minutes of CPR, they were able to get a pulse and the he confessed to one of the armed robberies from early patient was transported to the hospital. The doctors January. After the suspects confession, detectives could not believe that the patient was able to get a along with Officer Aaron McDowell and Lt. Valerie pulse after being unresponsive for that long. Kelly, did go to the suspects house to retrieve The actions taken by these officers demonstrate their evidence from the robberies. Upon entering the professionalism and dedication to the welfare of the apartment, the suspect fled off the top rear porch, into community. the yards and out of the area. Another 911 call was String of Armed Robberies dispatched regarding the suspect that was hiding in a basement of a residence. Officers Heather Murray Buffalo, New York — Buffalo Police Department and Christina Colosimo responded to the address Delta District officers and detectives put an end to and were able to apprehend the second suspect at a string of armed robberies in January 2018. Stores gunpoint without further incident. This second suspect in Buffalo’s Riverside area were being robbed by was then brought back to Delta station house where 2 armed individuals. Through victim and witness he confessed to 7 robberies. Due to all detectives, statements taken by Detectives Amy Frankel officers, and lieutenants, diligence and attention to and Pam Harris, the two possible suspects were detail, 2 armed and dangerous individuals were taken identified. On January 21, 2018, officers were off the streets in Buffalo’s Riverside community. dispatched to a 911 call regarding two possible robbery suspects. Officer Ismail Lewis was on his

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very day, PFIA members go about their duties despite the threat of imminent danger. Sometimes they lose their lives so that another may live. It is with heartfelt sympathy that we list the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice this past year. These lists were compiled from the Officer Down Memorial Page and the FEMA U.S. Fire Administration website Date Rank/Name




Detective Stephen T. Kubinski

New York City Police Department


Detective Chad William Parque

North Las Vegas Police Department


Corporal Stephen Roshawn Jenkins, Sr.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections


Lieutenant Debra Lucinda Clayton

Orlando Police Department



Deputy First Class Norman C. Lewis

Orange County Sheriff’s Office



Detective Steven D. McDonald

New York City Police Department


Chief of Police Randall Scott Gibson

Kalama Police Department



Sheriff Stephen Lawrence Ackerman

Lea County Sheriff’s Office

New Mexico


Detective Jerry Ronald Walker

Little Elm Police Department



Deputy Sheriff Colt Eugene Allery

Rolette County Sheriff’s Office


Police Officer Raymond Anthony Murrell

Bloomingdale Police Department



Police Officer Gerardo Silva

Redwood City Police Department



Police Officer Michael D. Louviere

Westwego Police Department



Police Officer David J. Fahey, Jr.

Cleveland Police Department



Police Officer Nathan Bradford Graves

Sac and Fox Nation Police Department



Deputy Chief James G. Molloy

New York City Police Department

New York


Lieutenant Steven Romell Floyd, Sr.

Delaware Department of Correction



Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department



Sergeant Gregory Michael Meagher

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office



Special Agent David John Hoefler

United States Department of Transportation


Major Jay R. Memmelaar, Jr.

Goldsboro Police Department


Special Agent Rickey O’Donald

United States Department of Justice


Police Officer Keith Wayne Boyer

Whittier Police Department



Officer Lucas Forrest Chellew

California Highway Patrol



Deputy Sheriff Michael Robert Foley

Alameda County Sheriff’s Office


Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office


25-Feb-17 Deputy Sheriff Michael Christopher Butler 27-Feb-17


Deputy Sheriff Sean Freedom Cookson

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Craig County Sheriff’s Office

New York Nevada Oklahoma

New York

North Dakota

Ohio North Carolina Florida


Date Rank/Name




Deputy Sheriff Kevin Michael Haverly

Greene County Sheriff’s Office

New York


Deputy Sheriff Curtis Allen Bartlett

Carroll County Sheriff’s Office



Police Officer Houston James Largo

Navajo Division of Public Safety


Police Officer Michael Hance

New York City Police Department

New York


Trooper Brian S. Falb

New York State Police

New York


Sergeant Shawn Thomas Anderson

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office



Detective Jason Thomas Weiland

Everest Metropolitan Police Department



Sergeant Curtis Blackbird

Omaha Nation Law Enforcement Services



Police Officer Justin Michael Terney

Tecumseh Police Department



Police Officer Nicholas Aniceto Rodman

Louisville Metro Police Department


3-Apr-17 Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Francis Greenwood

New Mexico

Harris County Constable’s Office



Lieutenant Mark Lamonte “Mont” Mecham

Green River Police Department



Master Sergeant Carl Thomas Cosper, Jr.

Barry County Sheriff’s Office



Deputy Sheriff Levi Pettway

Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office



Trooper Anthony Joseph Borostowski

Wisconsin State Patrol


13-Apr-17 Master Police Officer Jason Gregory Harris

Spartanburg Police Department

South Carolina


Logan County Sheriff’s Office


Puerto Rico Police Department

Puerto Rico

Deputy Sheriff David James Wade

19-Apr-17 Agent Benjamín Antonio De los Santos-Barbosa 26-Apr-17

Corporal Stephen Jamelle Ballard

Delaware State Police


Sergeant Meggan Lee Callahan

North Carolina Department of Public Safety


Deputy Sheriff Justin Levi Beard

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office


Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office


Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Dwight Tennyson

Maury County Sheriff’s Department


10-May-17 Police Officer Jonathan William Raymond Ginka

Norton Shores Police Department



Lieutenant Kevin Clyde Mainhart

Yell County Sheriff’s Department



Chief of Police Steven Eric DiSario

Kirkersville Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Jason Allen Garner

Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department


Broadwater County Sheriff’s Office


16-May-17 Deputy Sheriff Mason Palmer Bethea Moore

Delaware North Carolina Louisiana Iowa



Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales

United States Department of Homeland Security



Patrolman Marvin Scott Moyer

Lancaster Police Department



Deputy Sheriff Donald William Durr

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Special Agent Michael Timothy Walter

Virginia State Police


Detective Matthew Lawrence Tarentino

Summit Police Department

New Jersey


Lieutenant Aaron Lloyd Crook

Bluefield Police Department

West Virginia


Deputy Sheriff Devin Pressley Hodges

Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

South Carolina


Officer Joshua Sanchez Montaad

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


Police Officer Nathan Michael Desjardins

Fryeburg Police Department



Corrections Officer Shana Tedder

Texas Department of Criminal Justice



Lieutenant Patrick Neal Weatherford

Newport Police Department



Sergeant Christopher James Monica

Georgia Department of Corrections



Sergeant Curtis Bernard Billue

Georgia Department of Corrections


Mississippi Virginia

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Date Rank/Name 17-Jun-17

Master Sergeant William Trampas Bishop

17-Jun-17 Correctional Officer Joe William Heddy, Jr.



Florida Highway Patrol


Escambia County Department of Corrections



Trooper Ryan Matthew Albin

Illinois State Police



Police Officer Miguel Moreno

San Antonio Police Department



Police Officer Robert J. Johnson

Northville Police Department

New York


Detective Miosotis P. Familia

New York City Police Department

New York


Trooper Joel R. Davis

New York State Police

New York


Trooper Michael Paul Stewart, III

Pennsylvania State Police


Corrections Officer Thomas C. Bunker

Otsego County Sheriff’s Office



Lieutenant Donald Heath Meyer

Oklahoma Highway Patrol



Deputy U.S. Marshal Kenneth J. Doyle

United States Department of Justice

New York


Lieutenant Aaron William Allan

Southport Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Jason Matthew Fann

Yoakum County Sheriff’s Office


Police Officer Gary Lee Michael, Jr.

Clinton Police Department



Detective Elise Ann Ybarra

Abilene Police Department



Corporal Monty D. Platt

West Texas A&M University Police Department



Indiana Texas

12-Aug-17 Lieutenant Pilot Henry John “Jay” Cullen, III

Virginia State Police


12-Aug-17 Trooper Pilot Berke Morgan Matthew Bates

Virginia State Police



Deputy Sheriff James E. Clark

Quitman County Sheriff’s Office

17-Aug-17 Correctional Officer David Torres-Chaparro PR Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Mississippi Puerto Rico


Police Officer Matthew Scott Baxter

Kissimmee Police Department



Sergeant Richard Samuel Howard, III

Kissimmee Police Department



Deputy Sheriff Robert Paul Rumfelt

Lake County Sheriff’s Office



Deputy Sheriff Timothy Braden

Drew County Sheriff’s Office



Sergeant Steve Albert Perez

Houston Police Department


Deputy Sheriff Robert French

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department



Corporal Thomas Hannon

Dover Police Department



Police Officer Bernard W. Domagala

Chicago Police Department



Deputy Constable Mark Gregory Diebold

Tarrant County Constable’s Office



Police Officer William Allen Mathews

Wayzata Police Department


Sergeant Joseph Ossman

Florida Department of Corrections


10-Sept-17 Deputy Sheriff Julie Ann England-Bridges

Hardee County Sheriff’s Office



Agent Roberto Medina-Mariani

Puerto Rico Police Department

Puerto Rico


Police Officer Elias Martinez, Jr.

Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Department


Trooper Timothy James O’Neill

Michigan State Police


Agent Ángel Lorenzo-González

Puerto Rico Police Department

Puerto Rico


Agent Héctor Matías-Torres

Puerto Rico Police Department

Puerto Rico


Detective Kristen Hearne

Polk County Police Department



Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook

Lafayette Police Department


Police Officer Charleston Vernon Hartfield

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department



Police Officer Floyd East, Jr.

Texas Tech University Police Department



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Texas Michigan


Date Rank/Name 12-Oct-17 12-Oct-17



Sergeant Michael Shannon Robinson Christiana Care Health System Department of Public Safety Correctional Officer Justin James Smith

North Carolina Department of Public Safety

12-Oct-17 Correction Enterprises Manager Veronica Skinner Darden North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Delaware North Carolina North Carolina


Police Officer Marcus Anthony McNeil

New Orleans Police Department



Police Officer Craig E. Lehner

Buffalo Police Department

New York


Correctional Officer Kevin J. Brewer

Will County Sheriff’s Office


Police Officer Justin A. Leo

Girard Police Department


Trooper Daniel Keith Rebman, Jr.

South Carolina Highway Patrol

South Carolina

North Carolina Department of Public Safety

North Carolina

30-Oct-17 Correctional Officer Wendy Letitia Shannon

Illinois Ohio


Deputy Sheriff James Martin Wallace

Richmond County Sheriff’s Office



Police Officer Andre H. Van Vegten

Chicago Police Department



Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper

Texas Department of Public Safety



Police Officer Jaimie Cox

Rockford Police Department



Detective Sean Matthew Suiter

Baltimore City Police Department


Police Officer Brian David Shaw

New Kensington Police Department


Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez

United States Department of Homeland Security


Deputy Sheriff Eric Brian Overall

Oakland County Sheriff’s Office


Trooper Damon Charles Allen

Texas Department of Public Safety



Police Officer Kenneth Malcolm Copeland

San Marcos Police Department



Police Officer Donald O. Kimbrough

Detroit Police Department


Maryland Office of the State Fire Marshal


8-Dec-17 Deputy Chief Fire Marshal Sander Benjamin Cohen

Maryland Pennsylvania Texas Michigan


Corporal James Eric Chapman

Johnston Police Department

South Carolina


Police Officer Paul Lazinsky

El Mirage Police Department



Officer Andrew Joseph Camilleri, Sr.

California Highway Patrol


Douglas County Sheriff’s Office


31-Dec-17 Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III Date Rank/Name 2-Jan-17

Probationary Firefighter Amy Dimmery

4-Jan-17 Chief Engineer/FF Donald “Sarge” L. Brenner, Jr. 10-Jan-17 Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne

Department Marion Rural Fire Department Speedwell Engine and Hose Company

State South Carolina Pennsylvania

Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department



Fire Chief Tracy O. Sanders

Mount Olive Volunteer Fire Department



Captain Daniel Havicus

Tracy Fire Department



Firefighter/EMT Richard Kaplan

Jericho Fire Department

New York


Firefighter Ryan T. Moyer

Waldo Fire Department



Captain II David T. Moorman

Los Angeles City Fire Department



Firefighter Ethan Cunningham

Syracuse Fire Department

New York


Firefighter John “Mike” M. Cummins

Homer Fire Protection District


Fire Engineer Douglas McCauley

Des Moines Fire Department


Fire Chief Bill Matthews

Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department



Fire Chief Paul Murdoch

Greybull Volunteer Fire Department



Captain Crystal Rezzonico

Phoenix Fire Department


Firefighter Michael “Mike” D. Russell

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Illinois Iowa

Arizona Oklahoma


Date Rank/Name




Firefighter James Franciskovich

West Burlington Fire Department


Firefighter/EMT Ronald Savage

Milford Fire Department



Firefighter Terrance “Terry” E. Shafer

Spring Valley Fire Department



Firefighter-Paramedic Michael Norton

Coweta County Fire Rescue


Captain William “Iron Bill” Dowling

Houston Fire Department



Lieutenant Dennis DeVoe

Harrisburg Bureau of Fire



Deputy Chief Clinton A. Beasley

Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department



Firefighter Loretta A. Sykes

Sumrall Volunteer Fire Department



Firefighter Steven P. Buser

Ames Fire Department


Firefighter Joseph Toscano

Watertown Fire Department



Lieutenant Christopher L. Foster

Demopolis Fire Department



Firefighter Anthony Spano

Chicopee Fire Department



Firefighter James H. Yiengst

Keystone Hook and Ladder Co. #1



Firefighter III Charles “Rick” Gentilcore

Montgomery County Fire Rescue Services

14-Apr-17 District Chief/Medic James “Jim” J. Benken

City of Wyoming Fire and EMS




Maryland Ohio


Captain Michael “Bubba” E. Pennell

Central Alexander Fire Department


Firefighter William N. Tolley

Fire Department New York City


Fire Chief Eddie Harris

North Courtland Volunteer Fire Department



Battalion Chief Jerome Boyd

Los Angeles Fire Department



Firefighter William F. Gerace

Gibbsboro Fire Company No. 1 Inc.


Firefighter David Lemponen

Austinburg Volunteer Fire Department



Fire Chief Doug Deckard

Cove Creek Pearson Fire Department


Montgomery County Fire/EMS


6-May-17 Firefighter/Paramedic James “Dewon” Wells

North Carolina New York

New Jersey


Battalion Chief John Chester

Whitfield County Fire Department


Firefighter Scott Deem

San Antonio Fire Department



Lieutenant James F. Dorminy

Reedy Creek Emergency Services



Firefighter Roger D. Johns

Eagle Rock Volunteer Fire and Rescue



Fire Engineer Brian Massey

Kern County Fire Department


Firefighter Darrell L. Plank

Macon County Fire Rescue


Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck




Firefighter Jesse W. Ketchum

City of Memphis Volunteer Fire Department



Lieutenant David Jatczsk

Lake Station Volunteer Fire Department



Firefighter Kelly Wong

Los Angeles Fire Department


Firefighter Lawrence Matthews

Dolton Village Fire Department


Chief Edward Switalski

Comstock Township Department of Fire and Rescue



Firefighter Jeffery M. Sanders

Mayview Fire Protection District



Firefighter John C. Cammack

Nara Visa Fire Department


Firefighter Ronda S. Varnado

Washington Parish Fire Protection District #2



Fire Engine Operator William “Bill” Jaros

Six Rivers National Forest



Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya




Fire Captain John Kemper

St. Louis Fire Department



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California Georgia

California Illinois

New Mexico

Date Rank/Name




Interim Fire Chief Robert Spinner

Lynden Fire Department



Firefighter Trenton M. Johnson

Grayback Forestry, Inc.



Firefighter Kevin Ramsey

Detroit Fire Department



Firefighter Richard W. Leonard

Perth Amboy Fire Department


Assistant Fire Chief Jay Hinkie

Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department


Firefighter Brent M. Witham

U.S. Forest Service



Lieutenant Dale “Clint” C. Hardemon

West Blocton Fire Department



Fire Chief Tom Martin

Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department



Firefighter Thomas P. McBride

Campbellsburg Fire and Rescue



Captain Randy R. Treat

Kingston Rural Volunteer Fire Department



Battalion Chief Gary Helming

Los Padres National Forest - Santa Lucia District



Battalion Chief Terry Smerdel

San Francisco Fire Department



Lieutenant Kenneth Greene, Sr.

Philadelphia Fire Department


Firefighter-EMT Matthew M. Deicher

Mosinee Fire Department


Captain Eric J. Balliet

Fort Wayne Fire Department


Probationary Firefighter Jason K. Hensley

Triple Community Fire Department Inc.

North Carolina


Fire Chief Donald F. Manger

Presho Volunteer Fire Department

South Dakota


Firefighter/Driver Garrett Paiz



Fire Medic II Steven R. Terry

Hernando County Fire Rescue


Firefighter Ronald W. Hinkle

Loch Sheldrake Fire Department

New York


Firefighter Edward J. Frenenski

Stanhope Hose Co 1

New Jersey


Firefighter-Operator David E. Carr

Brasher - Winthrop Volunteer Fire Department

New York


Firefighter Kendall J. Murphy

Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department



Firefighter/EMT Scott A. Compton

Greenfield Fire Territory


28-Nov-17 Firefighter/Safety officer Robert A. Fitch

New Jersey Texas

Pennsylvania Wisconsin Indiana

California Florida

East Herkimer Fire Department

New York


Fire Chief Stephen Frye

Montgomery Fire Department



Firefighter Charles E. Patterson

Bowie Rural Volunteer Fire Department



Captain Dene Barber

Brazoria Fire Department



Engineer Cory Iverson



Engineer Jeffery Atkinson

Tallahassee Fire Department


Firefighter David Jahnes

Nyack Fire Department – Fire Patrol

New York


Captain Jeffrey A. Vollmer

Mayer Fire and Rescue Department



Firefighter Jeffery A. Blackmer

Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Company


Firefighter Craig A. Maull

Haddon Fire Company #1

New Jersey


Firefighter Frank Matagrano

New Milford Fire Department

New Jersey


Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Garrett

Kansas City Kansas Fire Department


Lieutenant Jeffrey S. White

Oklahoma City Fire Department


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In addition to being busy putting out actual fires the last week of January, crews from the Kearney Area Fire and Rescue Protection District also helped an elderly woman move from her family home to Westbrook Care Center.


uring a transport call, Fire Marshal Jeff Fort went above and beyond the call of duty while tending to Sue Holt, a woman suffering from medical issues who was in the process of moving from her house to the assisted living facility and care center on Platte-Clay Way. “She had mentioned that she had no able-bodied people to help her, so he went out there with a couple of the guys and took care of it for her. ... That’s the kind of stuff these guys do that goes unseen,” Deputy Fire Chief Mike Desautels said. Fort said he knew Holt from responding to several medical assist calls. During a recent call, Fort said Holt mentioned being worried about how she was going


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to get her things, mainly large pieces of furniture, moved from her former residence near a local church, adding she had family that helped move smaller items but couldn’t lift larger pieces. “I just told her that if she needed help, just tell us. It didn’t really take that long. It’s what we’re there for: to help the community. That’s the way I look at it,” Fort said, adding he had assistance with the January 31 move from off-duty fire crew members Hunter Rische and Johnny Lance. “It was definitely worth taking time off to help her out,” Fort said. Holt said she was taken back by the firefighters’ gesture and very appreciative. “I don’t think it’s something they do as a rule. I was

so surprised. I had just asked if (Fort) knew some guys that could do some moving, and he just said he could take care of it,” she said. Holt was in an emotional and mentally tough predicament. She was having medical issues that required frequent ambulance calls and transportation to the hospital, which coupled with moving from the only home she has ever known, the home she was born in and lived in for 81 years. “I really didn’t know what I was going to do, so it was really nice of them,” she said. Fort, Rische, and Lance were happy to help and Kearney has a large elderly community, so everybody should do their part to help take care of them. Fort, who was raised in Kearney, mentioned that providing a helping hand and offering his assistance to Holt was just being part of the community, a place he described as giving, welcoming, and the best place to live. “Things like this are something I like to show to people who are new to the district. It’s not just about training them for the things we do, but about showing them you can go out and do things in the community and be part of something. It’s more about the community and not just about the fire district,” he said. “If my grandparent or my mom and dad needed help, I would hope someone would offer help, so I like to do the same.” community_living/firefighters-helpelderly-woman-move-to-care-center/ article_29d12adb-a65d-5b77-856c828572868da1.html



For Sale or For Swap PATCHES Starting a police and fire patch/ pin collection for my grandson. Will trade one for one. Just add self-addressed envelope with your patch. I am a 35-year veteran. Contact: Sal Franscino, 63 Lauren Lane, Brick, NJ 08723, or 908907-0844. (0115) • Pueblo, CO, police officer and EOD tech looking to trade police, fire, bomb, and military patches. Will trade one for one, with many extras. Contact R. Jones at; or mail items to R. Jones, 24400 Gale Road, Pueblo, CO 81006-1995. (1014)


Retired Cleveland Police Officer Bob Guttu’s book, “Community Policing (It Really Works).” Contact: Bob Guttu at rguttu@ (0217) • Fire bike painting commemorating 9/11 by artist Motor Marc Lacourciere. A framed giclee collector’s piece, #2 of 250, $1,200. Contact: William Irby at 386-316-8275 or skipirby@aol. com. (0314) • Honor your badge hero today. Give them a personalized 8x11 color print with their name and

prayer for their service and safety - with free prayer cloth. $6 & free shipping. Visit www. (0314) • Custom-designed blankets with PD/FD logos. Choice of colors to match department and company patches. Contact NHRF&R FF Stefan S. Vassallo at 973-7681049 or 50x60 80 cotton 20 poly $65 Free shipping in the Continental US. • Wanted: Fire grenades, leather fire helmets, and solid stream leather handled nozzles with shut-off valves. Contact Mark Carter at 352-494-7619 or (0215) • Retired Police Officer Michael Price, mike22price@yahoo. com. Shadow Boxes by Officer Friendly. Specializing in paying tribute to Police, Fire, Corrections, EMS, and Military with customized shadow boxes. Go to shadowboxesbyofficerfriendly for samples of my work. (1115) • Herculaneum, MO, Fire Department patches to trade.

One for one. New patches only. Have other patches to trade as well. Bill Haggard, 441 Jefferson, Herculaneum, MO 63048. 636475-5476 or billh6300@hotmail. com. (0216) • Kansas Fire Lieutenant wanting to trade Fire and EMS patches. Have extra patches from other depts. E-mail and we can find out if there are others you would want to trade. Contact Tim Dokken, at or send patch to Tim Dokken 1028 W. Ash St., Junction City, KS 66441. (0816) • Wanted: I’m looking to trade police/fire patches or pins. I’m building a shadow box. Will trade one for one. Contact: A. Ferguson at fergusonadrianne@yahoo. com or mail items to 1234 Texas Ave., Shreveport, LA 71101. (1116) • I would like to swap challenge coins with other officers or agencies. One for One. I also sell them for $10 each plus $5 for shipping. Sandra Torres at 903221-6344 • For Sale: Crosstech Fire Boots with Powertoe, Size 9.5E, gently used in great condition, Made in Summer 2018 • The PFIA Protector


the USA, $100. Call Kristy at 616644-6820 • Wanted: I collect antique fire memorabilia and any items from Wilmington, DE Fire Dept. Contact E. Tickner at bat6wfd@ or call 302-598-6038 and leave a message. (0518)

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In November of 2016, Pictured: Shane Gray, Chad Buttry, Chris Wagener, The Evansville Fire Department encountered Kim Garrett, Sean Farmer, Michael Kane, Michael Steiner, and Darryl Adler. a critical incident when a firefighter became unresponsive during a training exercise. Thankfully, his crew members and trainers were able to resuscitate him. But this left a deep mark on those involved. This incident then became the catalyst to develop a Peer Support Team. By March of 2017, an eight member team was in place. Local law enforcement peer support team members and mental health professionals conducted a three day Peer Support training session in order to get our team up and running. In addition, team members have completed the IAFF online Behavior Awareness course and attended a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for suicide awareness in November of 2017. Some members also attended Crisis Intervention Team training that was conducted for local law enforcement which was held over five days in February of 2018. In April 2018, the EFD Peer Support Team along with the IAFF Local 357 and EFD administration will host the IAFF Peer Support Team class. EFD team members along with representatives from nearby fire departments, law enforcement and mental health professions will comprise the 30 available seats. With a team in place, yet before a formal introduction to the department members, the team was quickly utilized and called to respond to several critical incidents within the first few months. When called upon, the team has also assisted nearby departments when they experienced a critical incident. In November of 2017 the Peer Support Team conducted a rollout to the entire department. During the roll-out we explained the who, what, when, where and why of the team. With being a firefighter it is not just a matter of when, but also how frequently we respond to a critical incident. With each incident we must find the best and most effective way to process. The team’s goal is to provide positive peer-to-peer support and also resiliency training to our brothers and sisters in order to be prepared when encountering a crisis or responding to critical incidents. As with all first responders, there is a unique relationship that develops among the members of each department. Firefighters often refer to each other as brothers and sisters. We are a family…a family forged by fire.



Various Kinds of Things Piper Ronald Mcdonald does a photo Bomb behind Drum Major Dave Adler before Recruit graduation of the Jacksonville, Florida Fire and Rescue.

New member Chris Cox in front of South Bend, Indiana Fire Department’s new Engine 7. Left to right: Captain Brian Lockwood, PFIA Decatur, Illinois Rep Deputy Chief Lyle Meador, and Lieutenant Toby Jackson.

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue. “Bad Boys” Pictured: Paul Brennan, Robert Dedolf, Tony Ragans, Gary Yates, and Greg Strayer. Striking a pose before going on a call.

Left to Right: Lt. Toby Jackson, Firefighter Wade Smith, Firefighter Blake Johnson, Lt. Anthony Maldonado, Firefighter Tom Scheu, Firefighter Justin Brownfield, Lt. John Baer, and Captain Brian Lockwood.

April 28, 2018, history was made in Branford, Connecticut. For the first time ever, E-1 was staffed with two female career firefighters. Pictured: Firefighter MacKenzie Spooner, Captain Joseph Petrosino, and Firefighter Amanda Mark.

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A Little Humor

A couple of recipes to start your refreshing Summer.

Jerk Chicken and Mango Lettuce Cups Ingredients: 1 c. basmati rice 1 c. chicken stock 3/4 c. coconut milk Kosher salt and black pepper 1 lb. ground chicken 1/2 chopped red onion 1/2 chopped red bell pepper 1 tbsp. canola oil 1 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. jerk seasoning 2 chopped garlic cloves 1 tsp. jarred fresh ginger 3/4 c. chopped mango 1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro leaves Butter lettuce leaves, for serving

Directions: Combine basmati rice, chicken stock, coconut milk, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover; cook until liquid is absorbed, 14 to 16 minutes. Meanwhile, cook ground chicken, red onion, and red bell pepper in 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until chicken is cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in soy sauce, jerk seasoning, chopped garlic cloves, and fresh ginger. Cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Fold in mango and cilantro. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Serve rice and chicken mixture in butter lettuce leaves.

Honey Lime Fruit Salad Ingredients: 1/2 cantaloupe chopped 2 mangoes chopped 1 bunch green grapes washed and removed from the vine 2 cups fresh strawberries halved 1 cup fresh blueberries

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Combine the chopped cantaloupe, chopped mangoes, green grapes, halved strawberries, blueberries and sliced kiwis in a large bowl. Drizzle the liquid honey and lime juice over the fruit and toss well to coat.

2 kiwis sliced







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Directory of Advisory Board Members & Account Representatives (H) Home Phone Alabama Birmingham PD PAUL A. IRWIN JR. 205-365-7092 (C) 205-591-0911 (B)

California San Jose FD RICHARD FLOYD 800-832-7333 (W) Treasure Island FD PAUL WALLACE 415-564-6587 (H)

Colorado Arvada FD TODD HOBLER 720-540-4940 (H) 303-919-7759 (C) Berthoud FD & Longmont FD LEE SCOTT 970-532-2869 (H) 970-290-6423 (C) Denver FD JAMES H. SNYDER 303-888-0810 (C) 303-425-6042 (F)

(C) Cell Phone

(B) Business Phone Southington FD & PD MICHAEL KAHN 860-982-5567 (C)

Orlando FD T.J. LOWREY 407-970-0893 (C)

DeKalb Co. PD & FD TAD LANDAU 404-557-4205 (H)

Stamford FD PATRICK J. TRIPODI 203-394-7048 (C)

Orlando PD JASON BATURA 321-228-7821 (C)

Macon Bibb Co. FD & PD STEPHEN M. STAFFORD 478-978-5316 (H)

Bridgeport FD MATTHEW DEYSENROTH 203-948-3548 (C)

Stamford PD FRANKIE FORBES 203-469-5320 (H) 203-627-0259 (C)

Palm Bay FD & PD ROBERT YOUHAS 321-725-4172 (H) 321-501-9383 (C)

CT State Corrections - Garner SCOTT STRIELKAUSKAS 203-206-2027 (C) 203-757-0036 (H) East Hartford FD MATTHEW BRAUNSHWEIGER 860-539-0365 (C) Hartford FD EDWARD MACHIAL 860-985-9350 (C) Hartford PD NAZARIO J. FIGUEROA 860-296-8214 (C)

Waterbury FD JOHN PERUGINI 203-233-3394 (C) Waterbury PD MICHAEL STOKES 860-637-0815 (C)

Delaware Wilmington FD & PD ANTHONY HARRIS 302-250-5276 (C)

Florida Bay County FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections PATRICK WILLIS 850-640-1599 (C)

New Britain FD TIM CYR 860-841-7242 (C)

Denver PD & Sheriff MIKE CARRIGAN 303-619-6112 (C)

New Britain PD PAUL BAK 860-560-3973 (C)

Bradford County FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections TERRASA D. WOOD 904-769-9462 (C)

Denver Sheriff MICHAEL P. BENNETT 720-273-9292 (H)

New Haven Corrections JAMES ELLIOTT 203-500-5373 (H)

Cape Coral FD EDWARD AGOCS 239-214-1467 (H)

New Haven FD and Branford FD & PD JASON T. CUSACK 203-996-0597 (C)

Deltona FD JOE LAFOND 386-566-8029 (H)

Littleton FD BRIAN A. CRONIN 303-346-1671 (H) Mountain View FD MIKE STRATTON 970-587-8923 (H) 970-412-6730 (C)

New Haven FD and Branford FD & PD WILLIAM CUSACK 203-494-6762 (C) Norwalk FD & PD JUSTIN BISCEGLIE 203-803-8050 (C)


Norwalk FD & PD GARY MECOZZI 203-965-5345 (W)

Bridgeport FD DAVID DOBBS 203-913-3049 (C) 203-331-0056 (H)

Norwalk FD & PD RONALD SPAGNUOLO 203-854-3014 (W) 203-515-1365 (C)


(P) Pager Number

Bridgeport FD MIKE KAMSZIK 203-767-3331 (C) Bridgeport FD LUIS A. RIVERA 203-526-1976 (C)

Denver PD JASON CARRIGAN 303-994-7575 (C)

Denver West Metro Fire Rescue DUANE G. PELL 303-238-2328 (H) 303-810-2480 (C)

(F) Fax Number

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Gainesville FD EUGENE DUGAN 386-344-3427 (C) Gainesville PD MARTIN HONEYCUTT 352-871-5360 (C) Jacksonville FD ANTHONY E. RAGANS 904-768-3546 (H) 904-699-7181 (C)

Port St. Lucie FD & Sheriff MICHAEL RIZZELLO 772-370-4803 (C) St. Petersburg FD TOMMY DORSEY 727-647-8807 (C) St. Petersburg FD WINTHROP M. NEWTON 727-323-1213 (H) St. Petersburg PD MICKY CORDIVIOLA 813-362-7845 (C) St. Petersburg PD RICHARD THOMAS 727-798-7165 (C) Tampa FD LORI KRISTOF 813-376-0994 (C) Tampa FD RON HOEDEBECK 813-610-0641 (C) Tampa PD SUSAN LIBERTZ 215-327-4872 (H) Temple Terrace FD RON HOEDEBECK 813-610-0641 (C)

Georgia Atlanta FD MARK V. McDONNELL 678-797-9728 (H) 770-301-3394 (C) Augusta FD & PD ERIC V. SMITH 706-339-5979 (C)

Savannah FD & PD JASON ROEHM 989-239-1450 (H) Whitfield Co. FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections BRETT MILLER 706-208-2160 (C)

Illinois Chicago FD MICHAEL J. SHANAHAN 312-307-8795 (C) Chicago FD MICHAEL WALSH 773-852-2927 (C) Chicago, Southern Suburbs FD & PD, University Park FD JEFFERY A. DUHOSKI 708-927-0960 Decator FD LYLE MEADOR 217-972-2568 (C) Peoria PD TERRY L. PYATT 309-697-9325 (H) Rock Island FD NICK THOMPSON 309-314-6276 (C)


Anderson FD & PD MATTHEW COLE 765-208-5179 (C) Columbus FD GARY E. BURRISS 812-371-7007 (C) 812-579-6756 (H) Columbus FD AARON EICHEL 812-603-8641 (C) Evansville FD & PD GREG LEHMAN 812-455-3443 (C) 812-624-0023 (H)

Fort Wayne FD CHARLES ‘DJ’ REID 260-615-9513 (C) Fort Wayne PD JON A. BONAR 260-438-5815 (C) Hammond FD JEFF HARTLERODE 219-671-2167 (C) Indianapolis Corr./Marion Co. Sheriff KURT BENSHEIMER 317-999-5199 Indianapolis FD ERIC HOFMEISTER 317-946-8551 (C) Indianapolis PD STEVE D. MURPHY 317-786-8198 (H) 317-696-7562 (C) Indianapolis PD DAVID V. ROTH 317-490-9008 (C) Mishawaka/South Bend FD & PD NICK KAUFMAN 574-226-9681 (C) Richmond FD & PD SCOTT CRULL 765-914-9153 (C) Terre Haute FD DIANA LUTHER 812-243-0250 (C)

Iowa Burlington FD KENNETH MORRIS 319-753-6285 (H) Cedar Rapids FD LYLE THEISEN 319-462-3912 (H) Des Moines FD/PD RAYMOND A. GALLARDO 515-205-2414 (C) West Des Moines FD G. DOUGLAS REX 515-222-3423 (W) 515-991-3684 (C)

Kansas Junction City FD, PD & Sheriff J. R. REYNOLDS 785-238-7835 (H) 785-375-1340 (C) Kansas City FD LOARN JEANNERET 913-371-5704 (H)

Louisiana Baton Rouge FD PAUL H. OWENS 225-772-4190 (C) Caddo Parish FD JOEL A. MCVAY 318-560-1223 (H) Iberville Parish PD FD- Sheriff and Corrections BRIAN J. DAIGLE 225-324-9652 (C) Jefferson Parish Sheriff KIM LENTZ 985-774-4414 (C) 985-639-1723 (H)

Western PD, Sheriff, & Corrections ALLISON ARANA 301-730-0443 (C)

Massachusetts Hampden County Sheriff ADAM APPLE 413-237-3233 (H) New Bedford PD & FD JAMES ESTRELLA III 774-473-0451 (C) Wayland FD DANIEL BUENTELLO 508-922-2247 (C)

Lake Charles FD & PD MACK KENNEDY 337-855-3714 (H)

Worcester PD TIMOTHY REYNOLDS 774-253-6432 (H)

LaSalle Parish FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections JACKIE L. BERRY 318-992-0966 (W) 318-316-2326 (C)

Ann Arbor FD & PD CHRIS MCGLOTHIN 517-915-8316 (C) 810-237-6888 ext. 4479 (W)

New Orleans & Slidell FD ALAN MELANCON 504-905-3185 (C) 985-690-1441 (H) New Orleans & Kenner FD PAUL J. MELANCON 504-524-3878 (H) 504-430-1962 (C) New Orleans PD DAVID G. LENTZ 985-649-5741 (H) Shreveport FD & PD, Caddo Parish Sheriff GARY L. RALPH 318-426-4034 (C) Shreveport PD JERRY SILVA 318-655-5627 (C) Slidell PD DAVID L. LENTZ 985-639-1723 (H) St. Landry Parish FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections RYAN BRIGNAC 337-351-6761 (C) 337-948-3045 (W) St. Tammany Parish FD MICHAEL SOULE 985-373-7829 (H)


Flint PD MICHAEL P. SULLIVAN 810-814-3381 (C) 810-237-6888 ext. 4479 (W) Grand Traverse City FD & PD KARYL L. MOORE 231-947-1758 (H) Oakland County FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections SARAH GOOCH 586-531-2129 Wayne Co. FD & Sheriff BRIAN CHASE 734-752-0787 (H)

Ashbury Park FD PATRICK CASTELLANO 732-804-1563 Atlantic City FD GENNARO BASSO 609-214-3002 (C) Atlantic City FD WILLIAM J. SCULLY 609-653-0337 (H) Belleville FD & PD KYLE KONDRECK 201-341-2946 (C) Bloomfield FD JOE CALLEROS 862-220-6964 (H) Brick Township PD DANIEL WALESKI 848-207-6471 (C) 732-262-1170 (W) Camden County PD & FD Cherry Hill FD ED MICUA 609-315-0609 (C) 856-428-3252 (H) Elizabeth PD ANTHONY “FOGE” FAZIO 908-377-2052 (C) Gloucester County FD & PD EDWARD VINCENT 856-316-2547 (C) Hackensack FD THOMAS J. FREEMAN 201-843-6183 (H)


Jersey City FD ROBERT PILGER 201-638-5297 (H)

Kansas City Metro Area DONNIE SHOOK 816-315-9943 (C)

Jersey City PD ALLAN SLATTERY 201-315-4314 (C)

St. Louis FD BRYAN A. RADLEY 314-724-3005 (C)

Linden FD STEPHEN SMIGELSKY 732-634-8582 (H) 732-236-3036 (C)

Nebraska Lincoln FD KARLA HOUFEK 402-499-1773


Omaha FD JAMES E. CLINES 402-553-2634 (W) 402-968-1053 (C)

Montgomery County PD NOE DIAZ 240-876-7542 (C)

Omaha & La Vista PD JEFF WARNOCK 402-312-3211

University of Maryland PD ZENOBIA SANTANA 347-229-3561 (C)

New Jersey

Mercer County GREGORY A. SWANSON 609-352-9931 (C) Middlesex County PD THOMAS RATAJCZAK 732-501-5604 (H) Monmouth County FD, PD & Sheriff MICHAEL MICHALSKI 732-673-6402 (C) Morris County FD & PD CHAD DiGIORGIO 201-206-5183 (C)

Newark FD CHARLES WEST 973-945-4892 (C) 973-328-7974 (H) Newark PD & Essex County Sheriff ALEX MARTINEZ 973-390-1918 (C) North Hudson FD ROBERT PILGER 201-638-5297 (H) Northern Bergen PD MICHAEL PARISE 973-271-0069 (H) Ocean County FD, PD & Sheriff HARRY ROON 609-709-6314 (C) Passaic FD & PD JASON AYALA 973-249-7976 (H) Passaic County Sheriff THOMAS M. PANZARINO 973-296-8006 (C) Paterson PD FRANK DAUNNO 973-330-2968 (C) Paterson FD JOHN A. MAURO, JR. 973-865-9577 (C) Port Authority FD RENNIE M. JACOB 973-433-6427 (W) South Bergen FD EDWARD J. TANDERIS 973-472-8999 (H) Sussex County FD & PD MICHAEL PARISE 973-271-0069 (H) Trenton FD GREGORY A. SWANSON 609-352-9931 (C) Union City PD DOMINICK De PINTO 201-401-4351 (C)

New Mexico Colfax Co. FD & Sheriff PAUL MAY 832-724-5818 (C)

New York Albany FD EDWARD VERHOFF 518-378-1488 (C) Albany PD KYLE PARKER 518-944-6206 (C)

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Albion Corrections THOMAS SUTTON 716- 471-9326 (C)

Troy FD RAYMOND J. DAVIS 518-423-8918 (C)

Binghamton FD JOHN M. SULLIVAN 607-771-6318 (H)

Troy PD CHRISTOPHER J. PARKER 518-378-2283 (C)

Binghamton FD WILLIAM H. NEWLAND 607-724-5351 (H) Buffalo FD WENDY MAJTYKA-HARTMAN 716-479-2976 (C) Buffalo PD JOHN A. PETRICCA 716-380-2057 (C) 716-649-3441 (H) Cattaraugus County Sheriff NATHAN A. ROOT 716-938-2239 (W) 716-498-3252 (C) Monroe County Sheriff ALFRED N. DeROSA 585-208-3902 (C) Niagara County Sheriff KEITH HETRICK III 716-622-6461 (C) Niagara Falls PD­ BRYAN DALPORTO 716-628-3221 (C) Niagara Falls FD JOSEPH TORRE 716-940-8225 (C) Niagara Falls FD RISKY SANABRIA 716-550-0625 (C) Niagara Falls PD RICK FLECK III 716-807-6876 (C) Rochester FD & PD JONATHAN YOUNG 585-310-2259 (C) Schenectady FD MARK KARL 518-852-4953 (H) Schenectady FD RON BAIER 518-527-5107 (C) 518-864-7482 (H) Syracuse PD JOHN J. KAVANAGH 315-956-0470 (C) Syracuse FD JAMES ENNIS 315-430-0340 (C) 315-468-8630 (H)


Utica FD PETER A. CARUSO 315-725-5712 (C) Utica PD PETER A. CARUSO III 315-269-4886 (C) Wende State Corrections ANGEL L. MENDEZ 716-818-3797 (C)

North Carolina Charlotte FD JEFFREY LONG 704-576-9194 (C) Greensboro FD CHRISTOPHER HOLMES 704-245-4308 Greensboro FD MATTHEW PATTERSON 336-382-4600 (C) Winston-Salem FD DAVID POLLARD 336-403-7771 (C) Raleigh FD CURTIS SHERIAN 919-630-0960 (C)

Ohio Akron PD DON G. TREJBAL 330-352-4502 (C)

Cleveland PD DAN VIANCOURT 216-990-2882 (C)

Erie FD MARIE PASTEWKA 814-873-5551 (C)

Providence PD SCOTT ZAMBARANO 401-265-1657 (C)

Columbus FD EDDIE MADISON 614-327-6707 (C) 614-769-2240 (B)

Erie PD GREGORY L. BANEY JR. 814-440-2694 (C)

South Carolina

Columbus PD WILLIAM CAPRETTA 740-983-6347 (H) 614-563-9636 (C) Coshocton County FD & PD CORY WILSON 740-502-9240 (C) Dayton FD JOHN PARRY 937-974-6179 (C) Dayton PD SCOTT CRULL 765-914-9153 (C) Dayton Region MATT MATLOCK 937-409-1508 (C) Licking County FD & PD JOHN CAPRETTA 614-554-6688 (C) Loveland/Symmes FD OTTO HUBER 513-583-3001 (W) Marietta FD JOE A. MATTHEWS 740-373-3053 (H) Marion FD & PD MICHAEL M. RADCLIFF 740-386-2582 (W) Youngstown FD SHAWN MURRAY 330-518-2966 (C)

Akron FD GREG GEARHART 330-351-2673 (C)

Youngstown PD CHARLES GUZZY 330-707-2171 (H) 330-743-9380 (W)

Canton FD, Greentown FD, Massillon FD & PD & Stark Co. FD MARC R. JACKSON 330-904-9095 (C)

Zanesville FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections RANDAL WINEGARDNER 740-475-8014 (C)

Cincinnati PD GREG TOYEAS 513-738-4141 (H) 513-484-2459 (C) Cincinnati/Hamilton Co. FD MARK REUSS 513-574-3340 (H) 513-706-1287 (C) Cleveland FD VINCE VIANCOURT 440-835-5647 (W) 216-534-6927 (C)

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Oklahoma Tulsa FD KENNY GUNN 918-231-6805 (W)

Pennsylvania Allegheny Co., PD STEVEN NAVE 412-704-7508 (H) (412)913-4613 (C) Delaware Co., FD MARTIN KELLY 610-299-3656 (C)

Johnstown FD ROBERT J. OPETT 814-659-9313 (C) McKeesport FD & PD JEFFREY D. TOMOVCSIK 412-523-3903 (C) 412-675-5050 Ext.640 (W) Penn. Law Enforcement JONATHON RUSH 412-952-5615 (C) Philadelphia FD FRANK DAUBER, JR. 215-904-7143 (C) 215-904-7143 (H) Philadelphia FD TIMOTHY G. McSHEA 267-331-0606 (C) Pittsburgh FD DONALD DORSEY 412-680-9351 (P) Pittsburgh FD RONALD BLASKO 412-607-1798 (C) Pittsburgh FD THOMAS HERAK 412-761-6281 (H)

Columbia FD & PD BRANDON COOK 803-920-2737 (H) North Myrtle Beach FD & PD RICHARD BUDDELMEYER 843-249-5334 (C)

Texas Amarillo FD, PD, & Corrections JOE C. PONDER 806-584-0953 (C) Beaumont PD & FD TARAH MIRELES 409-790-3663 (C) Bee County FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections RICHARD L. WEBB 361-319-3758 (C) Bowie Co. FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections LARETTA SMITH 903-244-4535 (C) Brazos Co,. Sheriff JERRY BARRATT 979-492-1008 (C)

Pittsburgh FD BOBBY JUNKER 412-551-9041 (C)

Brazoria County FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections VICKE MOSSBARGER 979-864-0286 (C)

Pittsburgh PD CARL R. MOROSETTI, JR. 412-600-2806 (C)

Coryell Co. FD & PD MIKE CLOUDS 936-293-0486 (C)

Scranton FD & PD & Waymart Corrections ANDY POLANSKY 570-961-9024 (H) 570-878-1248 (C) Western PA Corrections STEVEN MATTHEWS 814-931-1593 (C)

Rhode Island Johnston PD SETH D. CROSBY 401-641-1575 (C) Pawtucket FD & East Providence FD RAYMOND J. MASSE 401-639-0164 (H) Providence FD ANTHONY LANCELLOTTI 401-569-3551 (C) 401-946-6939 (H)

Denton County Sheriff LES WOODS 817-675-6151 (C) El Paso Sheriff RON MARTIN 915-256-7822 (C) 915-577-500 (W) El Paso Sheriff THOMAS DOWNS 915-790-9256 (C) Fannin Co. FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections JARED D. MARANGA 214-682-8413 (C) Fort Bend Sheriff CHERYL L. HILLEGEIST 713-480-6033 (C)

Galveston Sheriff & Corrections CECILIA FIELDS 409-370-7322 (C)

Port Arthur FD & PD BRIAN K. SIMMONS 409-460-0039 (C)

Prince William Co. FD WESLEY BANNER 540-604-4518 (C)

Garland FD JEFF TOKAR 972-781-7111 (W)

Richmond Co. Corrections GARRY BYNUM 936-661-5482 (C) 936-755-6900 (H)

Washington, D.C.

Gatesville Corrections CAROLYN L. IRISH 254-248-5400 (H) Grimes Co., FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections SHERRIE BARRATT 979-574-6475 (C) Gurney Unit Corrections CINDY ARNOLD 903-724-9007 (C) Harris County Sheriff & Corrections BRADY PULLEN 281-726-1770 (C) Jasper FD & PD STANLEY D. CHRISTOPHER 409-381-0350 (H) Jasper County Sheriff/Corr. TERRY LEE 409-420-0662 (H) 409-383-7580 (C) Jefferson County Corrections DAWN A. WILLIAMSON 409-728-3174 (C) Jefferson County Sheriff ROBERT ADAMS 409-722-1033 (W) McAllen FD & PD AMADO CANO, JR. 956-867-4257 (H) McAllen PD ROLANDO CASTILLO 956-655-8476 (H) McLennan County Sheriff SHEILA THUN 254-405-3797 (C) Montgomery County PD, Sheriff & Corrections THOMAS M. PIERCE 936-355-0490 (C) Otero Co. PD, FD, Sheriff, & Corrections MARK TARANTINO 915-637-6352 (C) Pasadena FD, PD, & Corrections J.C. ROCK 832-457-1685 (H) Pinehurst FD & PD KIESHA LUNA 409-330-0013 (C)

San Antonio FD JOE VALADEZ 210-656-9046 (H) 210-693-4344 (F) San Antonio FD RUBEN CEVALLOS 210-861-4578 (C) Smith County Sheriff WANDA HUNTER 903-710-2769 (H) 903-511-6819 (C) Tarrant County Sheriff & surrounding Metropolis area TANYA YOUNG 817-988-9704 (C) 817-292-5388 (F) Tyler County PD ELBERT SHEFFIELD 409-377-1315 (H) 409-283-5262 (C)

Washington, D.C. FD PETER J. BAGDOVITZ 301-980-0843 (C) Washington, D.C. PD MIGUEL MIRANDA 202-439-2292 (C)

West Virginia Huntington FD & PD RANDY D. ELLIS 740-886-5388 (H) 304-633-4975 (C)

Wisconsin Milwaukee PD VIDAL A. COLON 414-334-0735 (C)

Wyoming Laramie City FD, PD & Sheriff B. JOHN FITZGERALD 307-775-9610 (H)

Walker County FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections TARA M. BURNETT 936-668-9193 (C) Webb County Sheriff JOEY MEDELLIN 956-652-8640 (C) Williamson Co. FD, PD, Sheriff & Corrections LANG SPENCER 512-490-7288 (W) 512-940-6085 (C)

Virginia Fairfax County PD ANIELLO DESANTIS 540-273-2729 (C) Fredericksburg FD, PD, & Sheriff HANSON D. JOHNSON 540-847-1091 (C) 540-548-0022 (H) Loudoun County FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections MICHAEL COX 703-297-1527 (C) Page County FD, PD, Sheriff, & Corrections MICHAEL WAGONER 540-860-2382 (C)

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Missing Children

Our members are in a unique position to spot missing children. PFIA urges you to make a special effort to try to locate these missing children. If seen, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children immediately at 1-800843-5678 or report a sighting online at You may also call or visit the website for free abduction prevention tips.


Dominique Chrisholm Sex: Female Height: 5'2” Race: Hispanic Weight: 129 Birth: 3/9/2002 Eyes: Brown Age Now: 16 Hair: Brown Missing: February 23, 2017 Lake Ariel, PA

Lateria Smith Sex: Female Height: 5’3” Race: Black Weight: 143 Birth: 11/30/1999 Eyes: Brown Age Now: 18 Hair: Brown Missing: September 10, 2017 Fairburn, GA

Deryn Perez Perez Sex: Male Height: 4’3” Race: Hispanic Weight: 135 Birth: 2/18/2002 Eyes: Brown Age Now: 16 Hair: Black Missing: June 15, 2017 Elizabeth, NJ

Skyler Hart Sex: Female Height: 5’3” Race: White Weight: 120 Birth: 7/26/2000 Eyes: Green Age Now: 17 Hair: Blonde Missing: August 28, 2017 Womelsdorf, PA


Ah-jah Kern Sex: Female Height: 5’2” Race: Black Weight: 160 Birth: 7/28/2002 Eyes: Brown Age Now: 15 Hair: Black Missing: April 23, 2017 Milwaukee, WI

Tiffany Phares Sex: Female Height: 5’3” Race: White Weight: 90 Birth: 7/11/2003 Eyes: Green Age Now: 14 Hair: Blonde Last seen: Dyed Red Missing: July 22, 2017 Glendale, AZ

911 OR 1-800-843-5678

SPECIAL NOTE: Height and weight are listed from the date an individual went missing and may not currently be accurate.

The PFIA Protector-Summer2018  

School Violence, Firefighters go Above and Beyond helping an Elderly Woman move to Care Center, Peer Support Group

The PFIA Protector-Summer2018  

School Violence, Firefighters go Above and Beyond helping an Elderly Woman move to Care Center, Peer Support Group